These are, indeed, strange political times. BBC Suffolk reports that Dan Poulter, the new MP for Central Suffolk, is supporting the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in their protests against cuts being made by the Conservative county council.
The FBU claims anticipated cuts in which full-time firemen would be replaced by retained (part-time) men could endanger lives.
Dr Poulter is quoted by the BBC saying:
All that central government is asking the county council to do is go back to spending levels of 2007/08 – three years ago.
My view is that we should be investing in the fire service and it should be ring fenced.
That is why I am supporting the Fire Brigades Union and all they are doing.
Mr Poulter is, of course, echoing the claim by local government secretary Eric Pickles that cuts in front line services are not necessary. Jeremy Pembroke, leader of the county council, responded to that in Wordblog last week.